Have you ever been locked out of your home or office?
Either you can’t find your keys, your keys broken in the lock or you have locked yourself out. Your first thoughts are typically to turn to family and friends for help or a set of spare keys if they have one.This may not work out so your next step would probably be to do a search for “locksmith near me” to find a locksmith in your area.
However, before sealing the deal with the locksmith business, you need to consider the reliability and honesty of the company. You may find some locksmith companies online when doing a search for “Locksmith Surrey”, or “Locksmith Berkshire” or “Locksmith Hampshire” but the companies you find might not be local at all. Worst, these ‘lock technicians’ may not have qualified professional training at all and can cause further damage to your property.
How to Best Choose a Local Locksmith Company
There are reliable and honest local locksmith companies out there. The best piece of advice is to do your research and due diligence before you find yourself locked out or in an emergency locksmith situation. Perhaps you are thinking about increasing your home security by installing deadbolt locks, changing locks and door keys, or even installing a home alarm system. This is an excellent time to sit down in front of the computer and research different companies. Be sure to read reviews, check that they have a local address and phone number, and compare quotes over the phone. Additionally, reach out to co-workers, family members, and friends for any personal recommendations they may have.
Once you’ve found a reputable locksmith, keep the company’s contact information in a safe place such as your wallet, phone, or address book. This can save you time, anxiety, and money in the future.
Tips for Emergency Locksmith Situations
Of course, if you are dealing with an emergency locksmith situation such as being locked out of your car, home, or office, you don’t have the same luxury of sitting in front of the computer and thoroughly checking the legitimacy of the locksmith companies. Here are some tips for such scenarios:
- If you’re locked out of your car and have a roadside assistance service call them before a locksmith. Many times, these lock out services are included in the membership or even though the car dealership or insurance company depending on when you bought the car.
- If a company answers the phone with a generic phrase like “locksmith services,” rather than a company-specific name, be on your guard. Ask for the legal name of the business. If the customer representative does not give an answer, call another locksmith.
- Get an estimate for all work and replacement parts from the locksmith before work begins.
- Ask about additional fees before you agree to have the technician come to your location. Companies may charge extra for responding to a call in the middle of the night or for driving long distance. Ask if there is a charge for mileage, or a minimum fee for a service call.
- Never sign a blank form authorising work.
- If the price decided on over the phone does not correspond to the price of the work when the technician arrives, do not allow any work to be done.
- Ask if the locksmith is insured. If your property is damaged during the work, it’s important for the locksmith to have insurance to cover your losses.